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Mischa Barton

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Mischa Barton Biography

Hailed as one of the most talented child actors of the 1990s, Mischa Barton had carved out the beginnings of an enviable career on the screen and stage by the time most kids her age were being allowed to see PG-13 movies on their own. Possessing blonde hair, blue eyes the color and approximate size of Wedgewood saucers, and precocious intelligence, Barton first came to the attention of critics and audiences as the ten-year-old heroine of John Duigan's Lawn Dogs (1997), a drama that cast her as an alienated girl whose friendship with an earthy lawn boy (Sam Rockwell) creates controversy in her exclusive neighborhood. Born January 24, 1986, in London, England, Barton was raised in the city until the age of four, when her father took a job on Wall Street that relocated the family to New York. Following the move, she began working as a child model and taking summer camp acting classes; after being spotted by a talent agent, the aspiring actress got her first professional break on the New York stage in 1994, when she played Vodya Domik, one of the lead characters in an off-Broadway production of Tony Kushner's Slavs! Earning rave reviews for her performance, Barton went on to perform in a number of plays, including the Lincoln Center production of James Lapine's Twelve Dreams and Naomi Wallace's One Flea Spare at the New York Shakespeare Festival's Public Theatre, which cast her in the lead role of a street urchin opposite Dianne Wiest. While she was building a career on the stage and as a model for the likes of Calvin Klein, Barton was also beginning to accumulate a number of screen credits. After doing a year-long stint on the popular soap opera All My Children, she had her first publicized screen role in the little-seen New York Crossing (1996), in which she starred as an Upper East Side schoolgirl opposite Tina Majorino and Karen Black. The film was released in 1997, the same year that Lawn Dogs came out to fairly strong reviews that resulted in the first shades of publicity for Barton. A starring role as a 13-year-old who holds up a bank alongside her boyfriend followed in 1999, in the independent drama Pups; unfortunately, the film was released only two days before the tragic killing spree at Columbine High School, and unsurprisingly, failed to earn much in the way of distribution. That same year, Barton appeared in supporting roles in both Notting Hill and M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense, the latter of which cast her as the ghost of a sickly girl. Read Full Bio >>

Mischa Barton Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2007 Prism Awards Performance in a Drama Series Episode "The O.C." (2003). Nominated
2006 Teen Choice Awards TV - Choice Actress "The O.C." (2003). Won
2005 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama "The O.C." (2003). Nominated
2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Star - Female "The O.C." (2003). Won

Mischa Barton Trivia

  • She is older sister of Hania Barton & younger sister of Zoe Barton.
  • 'It Girl 2003' according to Entertainment Weekly's 'It List' for top Creative People in Entertainment
  • She is half English and half Irish
  • She born in London, England, but moved to New York when she was still a toddler.
  • She attends The Professional Children's School in Manhattan, New York. Finishing up her senior year via correspondence. Is reportedly a straight-A student.
  • Has aspirations to attend the Yale School of Drama in New Haven, Connecticut after graduation from high school.
  • Her favorite book: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  • Her favorite author: William Shakespeare, George Orwell.
  • Her favorite movies: Say Anything... (1989), Almost Famous (2000), The Godfather (1972) and The Graduate (1967).
  • Her pet: Angelo, a cat
  • Her older sister Zoe is a barrister in London
  • Her mother's name is Nuala
  • As a child, she was a model with Ford Modeling agency with Lindsay Lohan.
  • She was named #33 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.
  • Her younger sister is an aspiring singer.
  • Has a song named after her on Rozino Smith's 2005 album, "Blurry Summer"; entitled "Mischa Barton".
  • She ranked as #52 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
  • She is a dual British & American citizen
  • Has a new puppy that she calls, Ziggy.
  • Would like to go back overseas to birthplace, London, England, and study more acting for a year.
  • Named #32 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
  • Childhood friend of Brenda Song and Ashley Tisdale.
  • Her favorite town is Paris.
  • Lives in the Hollywood Hills and in Tribeca, New York. [2007]
  • Ranked #49 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
  • Arrested in West Hollywood, California on December 27, 2007 and could be charged with possession of a controlled substance, drunk driving and possession of marijuana. Has been released from jail.
  • Sentenced on April 10, 2008 to three years of unsupervised probation stemming from her DUI arrest on December, 2007.
  • She ranked #22 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.


Mischa Barton Photos

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    "Now You See Me" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

  • Sebastian Knapp and Mischa Barton

    7th Annual BritWeek Festival "A Salute to Old Hollywood" Launch Party

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    "A Resurrection" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

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    Serpentine Gallery Summer Party 2012 - Arrivals

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    Growze Store Opening Party Hosted by Mischa Barton - Arrivals

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    Vivienne Westwood Flagship Store Grand Opening in Los Angeles on March 30, 2011

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